Oct 26 2009
By Tim Grierson

KISS have been the godfathers of good-time rock for 35 years. Having unleashed their best album in years, they're still not ready to hang up their platform boots. Paul Stanley explains how they're showing the pretenders how it's done.

Paul Stanley is a man in perpetual motion. At 57, he and his bandmates in KISS are days away from the next leg of the group's seemingly never-ending Alive 35 tour, and he's so consumed with last-minute details that he had to postpone our initial interview in Los Angeles to focus on rehearsals before catching a flight to Detroit, where the band will kick off the tour. Later, relaxing in the band's Motor City hotel, KISS's venerable guitarist and vocalist takes a moment to reflect on the group's recent record-breaking concert tallies.

"In the last year," he says, "we played to about a million people. Our tour of Europe was our biggest and most successful ever. We did 30 shows in about three months and played probably to about three-quarters of a million people. And then after that, we did the stadiums of South America, playing to somewhere between 30,000 and 80,000 people a night. And then we went on to Canada and did 15,000 to 90,000 people a night. It's been a terrific year for us."

Their terrific year will end with another milestone -- the release of Sonic Boom, the band's first studio effort since 1998's Psycho Circus, an album that neither their fans nor KISS themselves recall all that fondly.
Oct 26 2009
"DEUCE" VIDEO FROM BIRMINGHAM
Check out this KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE video clip of "Deuce" live from Saturday night's show in Birmingham!

Oct 26 2009
"CALLING DR. LOVE" VIDEO FROM BIRMINGHAM
Here's another KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE video clip! Check out "Calling Dr. Love" live from Birmingham!

Oct 26 2009
By Doug Cataldo

October has been a tremendous month for classic rock icons KISS. Their brand-new CD Sonic Boom hit the rock charts at #1 and they continue on a trek across America, unleashing their unparalleled rock and roll spectacle on the ears of the KISS Army. The CD was part of a huge merchandise blitz at Walmart Superstores across the United States. Stores nationwide received KISS Korners that were full of t-shirts, blankets, KISS M&Ms, KISS Mr. Potato Heads and KISS action figures. Those KISS Korners also include a special 33-card box set from Press Pass. Priced moderately at $10, there are three different collector boxes you can collect and each includes the complete trading card set AND a mini concert poster.

These collector boxes come on the heels of two extremely successful Press Pass releases - KISS Ikons and KISS 360. Both sets sold through, appealing to KISS fans and trading card collectors. They delivered the first ever KISS memorabilia cards and autographed cards to the hobby and secondary market prices on some of those limited edition autographed cards rival today's most popular athletes in price.
Oct 26 2009
ARMY VETERANS VISIT PHANTOM PARK
Hi KISS!

Here's a photo of my friend Scott Carretto and I at the park where the 1978 movie KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK was filmed in Valencia, CA.

Thanks,
Jim Frangella

LETTERS
Oct 25 2009
By Roger McBain

The groom will appear as a leering, dagger-tongued figure with his hair in a topknot and his face painted in the grotesque mask of the Demon, rocker Gene Simmons' KISS stage persona.

The bride will wear the Starchild face paint used onstage by Paul Stanley, another founding member of the iconic rock band.

And the minister, a dyed-in-the-skin fan with band tattoos inked into his arms, will come as Catman, former KISS drummer Peter Criss' stage character, when he steps up to pronounce Anthony Yates and Lisa Harlen of Chandler, Ind., man and wife in a Halloween ceremony. The couple also are inviting the entire Tri-State KISS army to attend.

"All KISS fans are welcome to the wedding," Harlen said. They can come as band members, in other Halloween costumes "or however they want," she said.
Oct 25 2009
"LICK IT UP" VIDEO FROM BIRMINGHAM
Here's a KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE video clip of "Lick it Up" live from Birmingham!

Oct 25 2009
"SHOCK ME" VIDEO FROM BIRMINGHAM
Check out this KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE video clip of "Shock Me" live from Birmingham!

Oct 25 2009
MY DAUGHTER'S FIRST CONCERT
KISS Rocked Tampa...10th Row. This was my 5 yr old daughter's first KISS concert and she Loved it. Her exact words after the show was " Daddy, this was better than the Wiggles!" Can't wait to see them again.

Phil

LETTERS
Oct 24 2009
SONICALLY SPEAKING
Here's the cover of the upcoming CLASSIC ROCK. The issue also features a great interview with Paul Stanley!

We will post the full interview as soon as we can.
Oct 24 2009
FOUR SHOWS ON SALE TODAY
Tickets for four KISS Alive 35 concerts (listed below) go on sale today at 10AM (Local Venue Time) at all Ticketmaster outlets, or visit the KISS Ticketmaster page; with the exception of the Sault Ste. Marie show, which will be on sale at this link.

MARKET VENUE SHOW DATE
TULSA, OK  BOK ARENA  Tue, Dec. 08, 2009 
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA  MID-AMERICA CENTER  Fri, Dec. 11, 2009 
PITTSBURGH, PA  MELLON ARENA  Sun, Dec. 13, 2009 
SAULT STE. MARIE  ESSAR CENTRE  Tue, Dec. 15, 2009 
Oct 24 2009
THANK YOU PAUL!
Hi Paul,

Thank you for a great show. I caught your pick!!! This was my first Kiss show ever. You guys are awesome!

Thank you for everything!

Yesenia Weaver (5th Row Center!!)

LETTERS
Oct 24 2009
SIERRA AS ERIC SINGER
My daughter had a costume horse race and wanted to be Eric Singer from KISS. She just turned 4 years old.

The Demon Dale Torborg

Oct 23 2009
KISS Army marches on: Founder of fan club recalls its origins, follows band for 35 years

By Mary Colurso

Bill Starkey doesn't paint his face, wear studded platforms or spit fake blood.

At age 52, he is unlikely to rock and roll all night, or party every day.

Yet inside this Indianapolis elementary-school teacher, there's a man who feels a deep and abiding kinship with KISS.

He's been a fan of the hard-rock band for 35 years, ever since Starkey heard the first blasts of "Deuce" coming from four glam-slam newcomers at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

Starkey, then 18, was blown away by the sound and fury of this unknown group - for the record, it was Dec. 8, 1974, and KISS was the opening act for ZZ Top - and he vowed to spread the word to all his friends.
Oct 23 2009
GENE ON "POP CULTURE KING SHOW" TONIGHT
A 16 minute conversation with Gene Simmons is the feature on tonight's "The Pop Culture King Show" - WMLB Radio.

The show airs at 8 p.m. EST and replays at noon on Sunday. It can be streamed live by going to www.1690wmlb.com.
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